We have previously reported on the inquest into the death of Edward Slaney, which was dramatically adjourned by coroner Melanie Williamson with a request that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) reconsider whether to bring any criminal charges. Shortly after the 32 storey building was built in 2007, roads in the surrounding area were found to be subjected to “freakishly high” levels of wind with complaints having been made to Leeds City Council from January 2008. Mr Slaney had been crushed to death by a lorry next to Bridgewater Place in Leeds in 2011. The curtain sided lorry was said to have blown “like a hot air balloon” and toppled over as a result of the high winds. Wind speeds of 67–69mph were recorded on the day the incident occurred.
Whilst a wind assessment had been carried out during the planning stages, it did not flag any potential problems with vehicles which would use the surrounding roads. The coroner made a recommendation to the Council for the road to be closed when wind speeds reach 45mph. The Council confirmed that they would give serious consideration to the recommendations made and agreed with the coroner’s views that the building owners, CPPI Bridgewater Place, should bring forward a design solution for the problem as soon as possible.